ANTONE E. CATRAIO.
Among the numerous Azorians who have attained large success in their agricultural and other operations in California
and who have become substantial and dependable citizens of Solano and Napa counties, the name of Antone E. Catraio,
proprietor of fine ranches in the American and Jameson canyons on the Green valley road in the vicinity of Cordelia,
deserves special mention. Mr. Catraio came here a little more than a quarter of a century ago, a poor boy unacquainted
with the language and the customs of the country in which he had chosen to make his home, and by dint of hard labor
and close application he has accumulated some fine pieces of property and now, in the very prime of his life, is
able to live retired from active labor, in calm enjoyment of the fruits of his industry.
Antone E. Catraio was born in the island of Sao Jorge in the Azores group, December 26, 1881, and is a son of Joseph
and Annie Catraio, who are still living there, the former now (1925) being in the eighty ninth year of his age.
In the days of his youth Joseph Catraio sailed to San Francisco, before the advent of the railroad, and leaving
his vessel in that port he became a participant in the scramble for gold which at that time was in progress in
this state. For nine years he remained in California, and he then returned to his native islands, where, after
his marriage, he settled down and where he ever since has made his home.
It was probably due to the favorable stories of California life which he heard from his father that Antone E. Catraio
early decided to come to California. He arrived here when he was fifteen years of age and became employed in dairy
work in Napa county. That was in 1897. For eighteen months he remained there, meantime securing a working knowledge
of English and becoming familiar with dairying operations as applied to this trade area. He next went to San Mateo
county, where he was employed in dairies until the spring of 1907, when, being in his twenty sixth year, he came
to Solano county and leased a tract of land in Green valley and began dairying on his own account. His affairs
prospered and it was not long until he became a landowner in his own right, owning a good ranch on the Green valley
road about a mile out of Cordelia. As his affairs continued to prosper Mr. Catraio gradually added to his holdings
there until he became the owner of 1,646 acres, being accounted one of the large dairymen and cattlemen in the
county. He built a comfortable residence on the home place and he and his wife are now living there, very pleasantly
situated. Though not by any means inactive, for his various interests keep him agreeably occupied, Mr. Catraio
is living practically retired from the activities of his ranches, though he still retains his interest in his herd,
and he now finds his principal diversion in the cultivation of a fine orchard which he has developed on his land.
In early manhood Mr. Catraio was united in marriage to Miss Isabel Snares, who also was born in the Azores. Mr.
and Mrs. Catraio are republicans and have ever given their earnest attention to local civic affairs, being helpful
in many ways in promoting such measures as have been designed to advance the common welfare in the community in
which they live.
History of Solano County, California
BY: Marguerite Hune
Napa County, California
BY: Harry Lawrence Gunn
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Solano County, CA
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